Amazon creating 200 more jobs in Hampton Roads
E-tail colossus to open two new delivery stations in Norfolk, Hampton in 2021
Amazon.com Inc. announced Tuesday it will open two additional delivery stations in Hampton Roads in 2021, creating more than 200 full- and part-time jobs. The ecommerce giant announced in March it would build two operations facilities in Hampton Roads (in Suffolk and Chesapeake), creating an expected 1,500 jobs.
The additional delivery stations announced Tuesday will be located in Hampton and Norfolk. The delivery station in Norfolk will be located on Sewells Point Road and the Hampton facility will be located in the long-vacant Kmart on Mercury Boulevard, which Amazon Logistics purchased with plans to convert it into a delivery station. At the delivery stations, employees will load packages received from nearby Amazon fulfillment centers and sorting centers into vehicles for customer delivery.
“This is a really great day for the city of Hampton,” Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck said in a statement. “To have this long-vacant eyesore being turned into an Amazon center with new jobs is beyond fantastic.”
Hampton’s economic development team has been working with Amazon on the project for the past year.
“Amazon strongly believed in the site and worked very closely with our Hampton team on an incredible site plan that is going to transform the landscape, literally, along this stretch of Mercury Boulevard,” Hampton Economic Development Director Chuck Rigney said in a statement.
Amazon first came to Virginia in 2006 when it opened a fulfillment center in Sterling. The e-commerce giant now has 10 fulfillment and sortation centers and delivery stations in Ashland, Chester, Frederick County, Dinwiddie County, Richmond, Springfield and Sterling. Since 2010, the company has created more than 18,500 jobs in the commonwealth and invested more than $20.6 billion across Virginia.
Construction started earlier this year on Amazon’s $2.5 billion HQ2, which is expected to add 25,000 jobs and more than 8 million square feet of development in Arlington’s Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard areas.